Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Being an Irish gal myself, I’m not only obligated to wear green today, but I look forward to it! There are so many shades to play with, kelly green, hunter green, mint green, and the list goes on.
As those of us in the tri-state area dig ourselves out from Snowstorm Stella and continue to endure the cold, it’s not the best weather to attend the NYC Parade this year, but who says you can’t get dressed up for work or for a night on the town?
Here’s some style inspo to get you thinking about what you’re going to wear out tonight! And check out the new style board on our pinterest page for more!
This blazer is so much fun! Wear it over a white man tailored shirt or maybe a creamy white turtleneck. Mini bags are really in right now! Perfect for fitting your phone, wallet, keys and lip gloss. I just purchased a great one that I can’t wait to bust out for spring.
Monochromatic is one of my favorite looks. This girl nailed it.
Don’t want to overdo it with the green? Accessorize with green accents. A green bag, scarf or headband perhaps?
This look is a bit of a risk, but I say go for it! Have fun with your wardrobe.
A chunky green sweater is perfect for this weather. Pair it with white cords for a touch of winter white or a denim skirt and tights!
Hope this inspired some green looks for your St. Paddy’s Day! Whether you’re going to the parade, eating your corned beef and cabbage, or drinking your Guinness today, make sure you do it in style!
Spring, a season marked by the Easter, new flora, rain, and a sense of renewal; it also marks a change in wine drinking habits. Heavy lush reds are put to the side while easy drinking whites begin to take the stage. But in recent years rosé has taken the wine world by storm. Walk into any wine shop and the first thing you might see are shelves full of rosé. I have steered pretty clear of the craze, seeing it as just a fad. Interestingly though, I think that I need to take these easy drinking wines a little bit more seriously because they seem to be here to stay.
Needless to say, we are huge wine fans here at The Daily Croissant! Therefore we have decided to do a roundup of some rosés that we have tried over the past few weeks. We have taken wines from France, California and yes, even Long Island to give you a glimpse of what you may be missing out, if you are skeptical like I once was.
For today’s roundup we will skip the likes of Whispering Angel and Miraval, two heavyweights of the rosé world and instead focus on some lesser known labels. We are always looking for wines that are good bargains while delivering the goods. So today we will be taking a look at MiMi en Provence and Commanderie de la Bargemone from Provence, Cupcake from California and Wölffer Estate from Long Island.
MiMi en Provenvence (Provence $12): First let me get this out of the way. This is my favorite rosé of the bunch. I don’t go for lush fruit bombs, instead focusing on crisp, dry, tart and the not too sweet. This lovely rosé checks off all the boxes and there will probably be a bottle of this wine in my fridge through the warm weather months.
Commanderie de la Bargemone (Provence $14): Once you get past the ugly label you will be met with notes of melon, strawberries and currant followed by a bone dry finish. If you like your wine with a floral character, then this is the wine for you.
Cupcake (California $10): I actually rolled my eyes when I saw that Cupcake had rolled out a rosé. I have never taken this label seriously due to the fact that they seem to focus on quantity over quality. But a friend convinced me to give it a try and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! Like the MiMi, this rosé is dry crisp and tart with hints of strawberry and an almost effervescent like quality.
Wölffer Estate (Long Island $17): Curiously the most expensive rosé of the bunch comes from Long Island. What?! Unfortunately this was the least favorite of the bunch for me. Not because it is bad, but rather because it was the fruitier of the bunch. But if you like your wine semi sweet, with notes of peach and a smooth character, then this bottle is for you. I hope to make a trip out to the vineyard out on the Island this summer on a few recommendations and I promise to do a write-up for the blog in the future!
With the rosé varietal exploding in popularity, I recommend that you give these a try. You never know, you just may find a favorite among them!
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must be aware of the latest monster snowstorm that is bearing down on the tri-state area. So in anticipation of being stuck indoors all day tomorrow I decided to get a run in this evening to get rid of some pent up energy.
I had planned to do a five mile loop that would take me down to South Norwalk, (SoNo for the locals) and back home. I knew full well that my run would have some difficulties since I am currently nursing several injuries to my left leg. I have a broken toenail on my big toe, shin splints that have returned and a tweaked knee that has been bothering me since my last ski trip to Vermont.
I warmed up and stretched at home knowing full well that this would be difficult to do with the outside temps hovering at around 30℉. The first mile went by uneventfully but then my injuries returned to remind me that I should take it easy. My left shin felt like it was on fire and with every landing of my foot, my knee felt like a bowl of jello. I knew I had to stop.
I hate starting something and not seeing it through, specially my runs. But I did not want to continue my run knowing full well that I would just be making things worse. So what did I do? Well I made the best of it and turned my run into a Travel Series for the blog of course!
Eat: There’s so many great places to eat at South Norwalk. Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s always a great option to be found. Focusing on a breakfast spot, I highly recommend The SoNo Baking Company and Cafe. Don’t let the fact that this spot has been profiled on the Food Network deter you, this place is legit. A highlight is the stuffed brioche french toast, topped with vanilla pastry cream, berries and organic maple syrup.
Do: Walk around! South Norwalk, located right on Long Island Sound is known for its rich seafaring history. You will be reminded of this at every turn you make. There’s plenty of small boutiques for shopping fanatics. The Maritime Aquarium is ranked among the top 25 aquariums in the U.S. and offers a perfect opportunity to spend a few hours learning about local aquatic life. I personally like to visit Kaas & Co, a small shop that features products from The Netherlands. They sell a Dutch hazelnut/vanilla spread by Cusco that is an incredible topping on just about anything.
I was upset at not being able to finish off my run this evening, but on the upside I was able to walk around and enjoy some of the highlights of South Norwalk that I tend to forget about. Lovely this time of year, even better during the warm weather months.
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It’s my favorite time of year…Daylight Savings Time! Yes, we lose an hour of sleep tonight, but boy does it feel good to have that extra hour of sunlight. What is the one the thing I look forward to the most about that extra hour of daylight? The fact that I can go for a run after work while it’s still light out!
With the new season upon us (March 20 is the Spring Equinox) the blog is getting a little revamp as well. Now you can read all of our healthy eating, running, fitness, yoga, and the like under the new tab Healthy Living. We’ve expanded our food section to Food and Wine that will feature our favorite restaurants, recipes and of course the Wine Down Wednesday posts. The Travel/NYC section will be a combination of our travels and our top spots to visit in NYC. Finally, (and maybe the one I’m most excited about) we’ll be adding a new Style section to the blog. Fashion is something I’ve always loved and been inspired by. It’s so much fun to get dressed! You’ll be seeing more of our style inspiration, how we’re dressing for the season and where we’re shopping.
Although it still feels like winter around NYC, I am so looking forward to springing forward tomorrow! Here are some of my favorite things about spring:
- Dining al fresco– one of my favorite spots is The Mermaid Inn on the Upper West Side for happy hour. $1 east coast oysters, $5 draft beers and lots of other yummy cheap apps such as fried oysters, fried clam sliders, and mini mahi tacos. There’s also a location in the Lower East Side.
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Photo via @themermaidnyc on IG
- Visiting the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C– This is one of the most beautiful sights to see! I’ve done this twice and it just doesn’t get old. Peak bloom is predicted for March 19-22 this year. Check out the Festival page for updates.
- Wearing open-toed shoes! – I just bought these Vince Camuto Red Mules from Sole Society and I cannot wait to wear them! Stay tuned for some of the looks I have lined up for them in a future post.
- Running in Central Park– When isn’t it the right season to run in Central Park?
- The New York Philharmonic free concert under the stars on the Great Lawn of Central Park. This is a beautiful event and a perfect opportunity for a picnic in the park! Wine and cheese anyone?!
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One sip of Oreana Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and you’ll be transported to summer. This is just what I needed on this cold, gloomy March day. New York is really good for a tease. Just when you think spring is on the way (70 degree temps in February!) winter has a way of creeping back in. So when that seasonal depression starts kicking in, grab a bottle of Oreana Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc a.k.a summer in a bottle, and start planning your next vaca!
Last April I took an epic solo road trip that started in L.A. and ended in Sonoma County, California. On my way up the PCH I stopped to spend a day in one of my favorite towns, Santa Barbara. I knew my wine country days were imminent, so I decided to get a head start in the heart of Santa Barbara’s downtown urban wine trail. Oreana Winery was my first and favorite stop along the trail. There was not one wine they served me that wasn’t delicious. I loved the sommeliers and the whole vibe of their small tasting room. You can sample about 5 of their most popular wines with the tasting. After tasting and chatting it up with the bartender about my California travels, I couldn’t help but join their (very affordable) wine club! 2 bottles every 3 months for $50 (shipping included)- not a bad price point for small production California wine! I figured this would be a nice treat every few months. Not only would I have wine delivered right to my doorstep, but also a memory (in the form of wine) of the amazing road trip I took. Oreana will always have a special place in my heart!
If, like me, winter has invoked a serious case of wanderlust and you’re planning your next escape, consider Santa Barbara. It’s a small town with real charm. There are tons of B&B’s to stay in and lots of cool shopping. Their urban wine trail is a must and of course dine at some of their awesome restaurants. I would say a day or 2 in Santa Barbara would suffice as a stop along the way when traveling the greater part of California.
Here are some of my top picks:
- Shop: The Closet. This consignment shop is really good. I snagged a great Isabel Marant top and a pair of red Vince jeans here for under $100! Scoooooore!! The Blue Door: Looking for some unique home decor? This place has everything from furniture to shabby-chic French decor. They carry some really great Brooklyn-style vintage without the Brooklyn price tag.
- Eat: Seven Bar and Kitchen. This was such a cool place to grab a bite and listen to some live music. Surprisingly, I ordered a Kale salad and enjoyed every bite. Picture it: Kale and Spinach topped with bacon, avocado, tomato & caramelized onion, with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Come for the great bar food options and stay for the live music!
Mony’s Mexican Food: Soak up some of that wine with Mony’s Tacos located right around the corner from Oreana . Everyone says San Diego tacos are the best, but this place is my fave in California. You won’t be disappointed!
- Stay: The Inn at East Beach. For $150 a night you can’t go wrong with this place. Breakfast, spacious, clean rooms and a pool all within a mile from downtown. Bonus: A perfect 3-mile distance to the wharf and back. I couldn’t come here without going for a run. Conveniently, there was a great running trail along the Pacific Ocean with incredible views.
Let’s face it New Yorkers, winter is not over. What are you doing to escape the cold and transport yourself to summer? Share some of your travel plans with us! Can you pair that place with your favorite wine?
“Stretch further,” said Erica as I strained to extend my arm further behind my back than I thought possible. “What did Ashley get me into?” I thought to myself as my shoulder approached its pain threshold. I was dripping sweat and straining as I tried not to look like a complete newbie. Most importantly, I was trying not to embarrass myself.
I was at Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness Studio, in Yonkers, New York on an invitation from Ashley. Or was it a challenge? I believe it was a little bit of both. She had been trying to get me to go experience a class with her for a few months now. I had also been wanting to do it due to curiosity and also because despite being a runner, I feel that my body is not very flexible. Would the yoga poses and stretches help my flexibility? I was in the process of finding out.
Now back to the class. I was initially embarrassed because I arrived to class about 15 minutes late. But Erica made me feel welcome and comfortable right from the get go. I took my place on a mat that had been laid out for me and immediately got going. I was feeling good because I was able to keep up with the class. We were doing a variety of challenging poses and stretches that I’m not even going to try to name because truthfully, I don’t remember them.
The poses and stretches that we did that evening took a toll on my legs. I felt my muscles straining in places that I had never felt before. I know that part of the yoga process involves paying attention to one’s breathing, but all my concentration was focused on trying to do the poses correctly. Towards the end of the class, Erica instructed us to do a headstand. What?! I’ve been doing them all my life, so that was the easiest pose for me to do. I was surprised and relieved that there was something that I could excel at!
The evening ended with meditation and prayer from Erica which I really appreciated. This was coupled with a nice smelling oil that was placed our hands that we were then instructed to breathe in. It was a perfect ending to the evening class and really mellowed me out for the long ride back home to Connecticut.
The next day I felt relaxed, albeit with a bit of pain on my legs. I really feel that the stretches and poses that we did could really be beneficial for my agility during long runs. I took advantage of the special that Nueva Alma Studio is running for new students, it allows for unlimited classes for the first month. I enjoyed my first ever yoga experience and I figure that it is something that I could see myself doing in the future on a consistent basis. I really look forward to many more classes to come!
Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness studio is located at 799 McLean Avenue Yonkers, NY.
They can also be reached by phone at (914) 294-0606
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With the Lenten season upon us it provides a great excuse to eat more pizza (as if we needed one!) I give up meat for 40 days and my meal of choice comes as no surprise if you’ve been reading this blog. I talk about healthy living a lot, but when it comes down to it, my philosophy is: everything in moderation. Am I right?
For a long overdue blog meeting and celebration of our 2 month mark, I suggested to Mario that we go to Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana. With no hesitation, he agreed! To my utter shock he said that he hadn’t had pizza in two months. Candidly, I admitted that this would be my third time eating pizza this week (Don’t judge me. Today I’m eating nothing but fruits and veggies). As I waited for Mario to arrive, I ordered a glass of Merlot. By the time he got there I was already nice and toasty.
Frank Pepe’s is a no-frills, old-school type of pizzeria restaurant- these are always the best in my opinion. The pies come in small (good for 2 people to share), medium (serves 3-4), and large (5-8). We went with 2 smalls: Frank Pepe’s famous signature White Clam Pie and a classic Margarita. The pizza is served piping hot right on the oven tray. The margarita was crispy with a great sauce to fresh mozzarella ratio and the perfect amount of fresh basil sprinkled on top. I’m not as big a fan of the white clam pie because the dough tends to get a bit soggy due to the fresh clams. With that said, it is tasty and if you like clams and garlic give this famous pie a try! What makes Pepe’s so special? They stick to coal-fired ovens for their crispy, charred, chewy, thin crust pizza. Frank Pepe was an Italian immigrant who started this establishment in 1925 and it’s still going strong today with 9 locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Yonkers!
If you’re looking for pasta or dessert options, this isn’t the place for you. However, if you want salad, pizza and beer, come here! Our 2-month blog celebration would not be complete without something sweet. Luckily Carvel was right across the street. We ended the night with ice cream and so many ideas and content to bring you in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for a few new features this month. We hope you like what you’re reading. Feel free to leave us a question or comment below and let us know how we’re doing or what you’d like to see more of on the blog. Thanks for reading. Now, go treat yourself to some pizza!
In the two months of its existence, The Daily Croissant has given the great mountain state of Vermont a lot of love, and with good reason. From the ski resorts, the log cabins, great wooded trails, and country living; there’s so much to love about this tiny state.
Truth is we are urban dwellers, true masochists who love the hustle and bustle of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area. But theres nothing like being able to hop in the car, drive up I91 for three hours and end up in a place where time slows down, the air breathes cleaner and the stars shine bright above.
So when my friend Dominique suggested a ski/snowboard trip to Mount Snow a few weeks back, there was no hesitation on my part. Another friend, Natalii joined us for the drive up on a Friday afternoon.
Stay: When visiting Vermont I highly recommend that you make good use of AirBnb. Lodging with AirBnb provides the opportunity to experience life in rural America. We were able to secure an apartment rental on short notice about twenty minutes from the resort. It was an inviting two bedroom with wood floors and rustic decor. We had full access to a kitchen though we did not end up cooking that evening. I find that AirBnb prices are quite reasonable in Vermont and you end up in a more inviting environment than what a motel or bed and breakfast can offer.
Do: Mount Snow is the biggest resort in southern Vermont. It offers a wide variety of runs for novices as well as experts. There’s a terrain park as well as snow tubing for those who don’t ski or snowboard. A word of warning; lift lines can become quite congested, especially on holiday weekends. Unfortunately après ski activities seemed a bit limited to me particularly when compared with what Stratton Mountain has to offer.
Eat: There’s plenty of food options though the highlight has to be The Vermont Country Deli. The main deli is located in Brattleboro but they have an outpost located at the base of Mount Snow. Try the bacon and kale macaroni and cheese. Yo won’t be disappointed!
Dominique, Natalii and I had a great time at Mount Snow. We experienced a bluebird day on the slopes with unseasonably warm temperatures. Unusual but it felt good not to get so bundled up!
Plenty of runs, food options and the proximity to the Tri-State makes Mount Snow a great getaway spot for a weekend of fun.
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The cold winter months are the perfect time for hearty red wines to warm you up. Pinot Noirs, Cabs, Merlots, Red Zinfandels and complex blends provide just the right accompaniment to dinner or a night in with a good book. Part of the fun is trying out all the varietals from different regions of the world because you never know when you will run into a hidden gem. Such was the case with this red blend from Portugal.
Up until late last year my exposure to Portuguese wines had been limited to vinho verdes. Let’s face it, vinho verdes are not the most complex wines out there and their low retail prices are indicative of what you’re getting. As far as reds? They do exist, though from my experience they are few and far between at retail stores. So when I ran into this 2013 Confidencial Reserva blend I instantly wanted to get a taste and find out more about it.
The front label is written in Portuguese and it provides the name of the vineyard. Casa Santos Lima is located in Lisbon where red blends rule. The frustrating part about the label is that it does not list the varietals used to make the wine. I did some research only to come away with the fact that this wine could be made from either Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Castelao, Sousao, Trincadeira das Pratas, Baga, Alfrocheiro Preto and many other varieties. So basically I don’t know what is in this wine!
Now on to the taste test! Dark fruits rule from the get-go, followed by notes of vanilla and smoke. This is an easy drinking red that is well balanced with light tannins, a bit of dryness and just the right amount of oak. I dug it from the first sip and it just got better as the evening went along. It is well suited to drinking by itself, though it could easily stand up to a nice grilled steak, or a rack of ribs! I think that it is also delicate enough to be paired with dark chocolate or even a sharp cheese. My conclusion is that this wine is very versatile and a good value at a $12 price point.
I should note that Portugal is well known for its Ports. With this fortified wine you’re truly dancing with a completely different animal though and my exposure to it is quite limited. But we’ll leave that for a future review!
In the meantime, go out and get yourself a bottle of this great blend. You won’t be disappointed!
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Happy Mardi Gras!! This is the last day before the Lenten season begins. I’m excited to have my last “bad” meal before I start a 40-day fasting of sorts. “Giving up” or sacrificing for Lent has always been a practice of mine. When I was young I would give up candy or soda, but as I got older it was more about doing something good or giving more of myself to the community instead of giving something up. This year I’m making a sacrifice not only as a reminder of what God sacrificed for me, but also as a new regimen to be the healthiest me that I can be.
I’m not a huge red meat eater (although I do get the occasional craving for a juicy burger), but I intentionally give it up for Lent to give my body a little cleanse and reset. In the Western world, particularly my world, we live to eat, not eat to live. Dining out, trying new restaurants, and making yummy dishes at home is something I really enjoy and is such a big perk of living in New York. With so many great cuisine options and restaurants, it’s not always easy to resist! But for 40 days, I think I can cut back and give my body what it needs for optimal health. So I’ll be doing a lot of meal prep at home and experimenting with some vegetarian dishes. Even veggie tacos will be enjoyed with my running group at our 1st annual tacommunion this month! I plan on making this fun so it doesn’t necessarily feel like a sacrifice, but more of a choice to live the healthiest life without changing my lifestyle completely.
With that said, if you don’t want to sacrifice anything you can always add more of the good stuff to your health regimen or diet. I know I’ve made it a point to incorporate more fruit into my diet everyday. I’m also incorporating ayurvedic herbal supplements to my daily routine to boost energy and overall health. As part of my yoga teacher training, I’ve been introduced to Ayurvedic living which is eating the right foods for your body type to increase longevity. There’s a really good website where you can take your dosha quiz and find out what foods and herbs will support your optimal health. I’ve gotten a tad obsessed with it! Once you know what your dosha or constitution is, you will understand your body and how it responds to different foods and tastes.
So on this Fat Tuesday, may you indulge in something really delicious and dare I say “bad for you” before you take the plunge to make better choices for your mind, body and soul. I hope to share some of my veggie recipes and other healthy tips for you along the way!
Stay tuned to our instagram for motivation throughout the next 47 days and my last meal before the fast!